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  1. The Dark Side of Investment Agreements

    Cecilia Olivet
    16 Diciembre 2011
    Article

    Signing international investment treaties, in the hope of attracting foreign investments, has been a central strategy for governments looking to improve economic development. The less known side of this story is that by signing investment treaties, governments are giving away the sovereign right to regulate in the interest of people and the environment. They also expose themselves to the risk of spending millions in law suits that could have been used to serve public needs. It’s time that the dark side of investment is put under the spotlight.

  2. The Land Deal Politics Initiative

    13 Octubre 2011
    Article

    The Land Deal Politics Initiative calls for applications to their small grant competition. Grants are available to undertake original field research, carry out follow up fieldwork on an ongoing related initiative, or write up a paper based on research. 

  3. New Biofuel Project in Isabela

    Jennifer Franco, Danny Carranza, Joann Fernandez (Rightsnet)
    07 Octubre 2011
    Article

    A Philippines biofuel project would appear to fit the World Bank's definition of a "win-win" scenario with its promise of jobs and conversion of 'idle land'. However a closer look unveils corporate manipulation, political corruption and exploitation of subsistence farmers that typically accompanies so-called "responsible investment"

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    African political unity must be more selective: A blueprint for change

    • William Gumede
    22 Septiembre 2011
    Paper

    There cannot be any clearer illustration of the impotence of Africa’s continental and regional institutions to find local solutions to the continent’s problems, than their numbing inaction in the face of the wave of popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa sweeping across the continent.

     
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    Global Inequalities, Alternative Regionalism and the Future of Socialism

    • Tom Reifer
    30 Agosto 2011
    Paper

    This paper examines global inequalities and the future of capitalism and socialism through an investigation of the oligarchic wealth on which the current global order is based and also looks at growing challenges to these social foundations of the present global system.

  6. Shining and starving

    Praful Bidwai
    23 Agosto 2011
    Article

    Under neoliberalism, income and regional disparities have got bloated to a point where the country's rich and the poor live in two separate worlds.

  7. The World Bank's Africa Strategy

    Patrick Bond
    08 Junio 2011
    Article

    Whose interest does the ten-year Strategy document for Africa actually serve? The World Bank has shown little insight into the real problems Africa faces, focusing instead on ineffective policies, support for repressive regimes and projects that are known to have failed.

  8. Are African lions really roaring? The Latest Fibs From World Financiers

    Patrick Bond
    12 Mayo 2011
    Article

    The recent wave of Afro-optimism boasting of economical and technological growth on the continent fails to stand up under closer scrutiny, veiling the harsh reality faced by Africans today.

  9. Turning Points: Is a Different Future Possible?

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    14 Abril 2011
    Article

    With the citizen-backed blockage of a proposed aluminum smelter, is Trinidad and Tobago changing course toward a rooted future?

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    Time for Europe to put human rights above commercial advantage

    • Cecilia Olivet, Paulina Novo
    17 Marzo 2011
    Policy briefing

    Free trade or slave trade? How the EU's free trade agreements in Colombia and Peru reward human rights abuses, destroy livelihoods, promote land grabbing and strip governments of their sovereignty to regulate capital flows.

  11. África concentra los debates de la crisis mundial

    08 Febrero 2011
    Article

    Un debate central en el seno del FSM se concentra en la efectividad de la lucha política del movimiento global contra el capitalismo.

     
  12. President Dilma: Let Brazil set an example for a new ecological economy

    Marcos Arruda
    25 Enero 2011
    Article

    President Dilma Roussef has the mandate and responsibility to forge a new development path: one based on participatory planning, a social market and environmental sustainability.

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    Video: Emerging Powers: Allies or Rivals?

    Boris Kagarlitsky, Dr. Chaohua Wang, Research Scholar in Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    21 Enero 2011
    Multi-media

    The economic elites are turning to a neoliberal Keynesianism to save the crisis of capitalism, which is doomed to fail because it does not address its root causes.

  14. Philippines: Food for a Rooted Future

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    20 Enero 2011
    Article

    The successful initiatives of farmers to take back control of their lives and gain food security are empowering communities in the Philippines and around the world.